The rise and rise of big data in the learning sphere have been met with a couple of dissenting voices. The modern Luddites believe that technology is bad because they imagine a likely scenario where the student-teacher ratio gets affected.
While technology was introduced to classrooms with the intent of creating a personalized learning experience, modern Luddites seem unable to look past the computers and blended learning experience.
Indeed, their assertions seem to have weight when you consider that many experts in the tech-scene have opined that about half the jobs in the United States are likely to be automated in the next decade or two. At present, robots are working at Amazon’s shipping centers, doing telemarketing work, and are robust enough to diagnose medical conditions.
The technology is bad argument seems destined to fail. You need to only look at every iteration of technology to see the rapid rate at which advancements in the education scene are happening. It’s nigh impossible for dissenting teachers to keep pace.
Today, cutting edge technology is much more than the fancy overhead projector, the VCR machine, or a laptop computer. The development of technologies like augmented reality has helped shape the educational scene. Since learning is all about engagement and informational dissemination, AR technology happens to be the one to keep a close eye on. Not only is it immersive, but it also makes for fun learning.
At AstroReality, we’re committed to converting the naysayers who believe that technology is bad. A simple demonstration or a practical lesson of our STEAM learning initiative should prove sufficient enough in converting them into believers.
As we see it, technology isn’t likely going to replace teachers…but teachers who use technology are likely going to replace teachers who fail to do so.
Here’s a review of just how important technology is in the classroom:
While some scientific experiments like how a tunic fork’s vibrations come to life are easy to demonstrate, others are a bit harder to showcase.
Concepts involving and molecular and chemical interactions are usually hard to explain. Let’s not even get started on explaining evolution to young learners.
However, with digital simulations, teachers will have a field day explaining complex processes that are usually hard to demonstrate in classrooms.
Students can experiment with virtual greenhouses and get a grasp of how evolution works, play with simulations of electron interactions to understand the chemical workings of nature and sample various model house designs for a comprehension of the laws of physics.
Since the dawn of the digital age, the world has long been touted as a “digital village.” Today, students can freely mingle with fellow learners abroad and attend lessons through videoconferencing.
PowerPoint also features a free plug-in called Presentation Translator that comes up with subtitles in real-time. This is an invaluable resource since it allows students who are unable to go to school because of shortcomings like illness and hearing impairments to keep tabs on what’s happening. The field of artificial intelligence is also robust enough to dismantle silos that may exist between schools and typical grade levels.
These kinds of interactions allow students to think outside their scope and experience different cultures whilst gaining different education advantages that were once the preserve of the uber-rich in society.
Other than being great at teaching concepts, models and simulations allow teachers to get an inkling of how students comprehend the topics taught to them.
If you’re a parent who has been having struggles helping a young one with their algebra assignment, then, your days of worrying are about to come to a close. With AI technology in the market today, there are a number of different tutoring and studying programs that are made to aid kids with their homework and test preparations.
The technology is bad argument seems blown out of proportion when you consider that it can help teachers spend less time on monochrome tasks like grading homework and tests.
With technology, it’s possible for such tasks to be hastened. You’ll also receive a couple of suggestions on how you can close the gaps in the learning process.
With technology stepping up to the administrative role, parents and teachers are going to have more time to spend with young learners.
Technological innovation in spaces like AI is happening at a rapid pace. As mentioned already, it’s highly improbable that AI tutors and teaching assistants will remove teachers from the equation.
What’s likely to happen is that machine learning algorithms will be embraced by educators to help them with non-priority tasks. With more time to spare, they’ll be able to focus on providing the much needed one-on-one sessions students usually need so much.
The “technology is bad” viewpoint sounds like a really bad idea the deeper you get to thinking about it. By embracing technology, teachers will have plenty more time to inspire learners to form arguments, write critically, and come up with enthralling discussions in various subjects.
At AstroReality, we’re all about supporting dynamic classroom experiences for learners. As alluded earlier, we’ve come embraced augmented technology for a more immersive learning experience for learners. Our STEAM program is also a big hit with parents and educators looking to inspire their kids to pursue careers in the field.
Intrigued? We sure hope you are! Be sure to check it out! Feel free to sound off in the comments section below on how you think technology is helping teachers in the classroom.